Previewed at IFA 2012 trade fair back in August, TomTom Navigation application for Android devices has finally been released and is now available for download via Google Play store.Although the company confirmed the application would be launched in October, no exact release date has been unveiled. Fortunately, it took TomTom only one month to make it happen, so Android enthusiasts can now download the application for a price.
However, before purchasing TomTom Navigation for Android users should know a few things. Firstly, the application needs around 370MB of free storage space on the internal phone memory or on the SD card.
More importantly, the application is not compatible with all Android smartphones and tablets. It appears that TomTom especially designed it to work on Android devices with displays that support resolutions of up to WVGA.
That means that a range of Android devices, such as Asus Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Nexus are not yet compatible with TomTom Navigation application.
We expect the TomTom to update its Navigation app for Android with support for higher resolution screens, though we’re not sure exactly when this will happen.
TomTom Navigation for Android is available in North America, Europe, including UK & Irleand, as well as other regions.
The application offers offline driving direction, voice guidance and free updates. Live traffic data, multi-stop routing, support for TomTom Places and POIs are included as well.
TomTom Navigation 1.0 is now available for download via Google Play store for $50 USD/31 GBP/50 EUR and it should be fully compatible will all devices running Android 2.2 and up, which feature displays that support up to WVGA screen resolution. Check it put here.
“We aim to make TomTom content and services available to as many devices and platforms as we can. Bringing TomTom navigation to Android smartphones is, therefore, a significant milestone for us,” said Corinne Vigreux, managing director at TomTom.